Polish Parliament declared 2020 as the "Year of John Paul II" on occasion of his 100 Year Birthday. What a wonderful time to journey through his footsteps in our programs in Krakow or make his legacy known and lived in your own sphere of influence!
The JP2 Project is doing a few events stateside to promote the example and teachings of this monumental saint! One initiative has been is a events that highlight John Paul II as a humanist. A new film with all the major JP2 thought-leaders around the globe is being introduced in May 2020. We're doing some events that feature the 18-minute version and some exclusive pre-premiere screenings of the whole film. In addition, we're booked for some other topics, such as John Paul II on vocation, discernment, and Divine Mercy.
John Paul II: Global Ambassador of Humanism
This 18-minute documentary tells the story of John Paul II as a thinker and philosopher, a man passionate for literature, art, music and theater, an unforgettable person who dramatically marked history, holding on to Christ and His Cross every step of the way. "Wojtyła the humanist was molded from two kinds of clay - a human clay and a divine clay," points Fr. Jarosław Kupczak, a leading JPII theologian featured in the film along with other high profile custodians of his heritage such as George Weigel, Dr. Stanisław Grygiel, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, and his “Środowisko” mentee, Teresa Malecka. The film demonstrates what and who formed a man who later became such an influential pope whose personal connection to countless hearts extended well beyond his passing. The Pontifical University of John Paul II in his city of Krakow, Poland is highlighted as the ancient academic institution tasked with continuing his legacy today, not only to Poles, but to seekers of beauty, truth and goodness around the globe.
I Like to See the Sunrise
While many works have been done on St. John Paul II, no one has ventured to bring his legacy particularly as philosopher, theologican, and humanist to film before. This full-length documentary takes viewers through a journey into the life of a pope completely steeped in love with the arts, people, and most fundamentally, Christ. The unique video archives, rich experiences, and enlightening interviews are the extension of the 18-minute short, John Paul II: Global Ambassador of Humanism. As John Paul II’s personal secretary for 29 years, Cardinal Dziwisz, told the producers, “Come on, you can't do a 15-minute documentary on the works of John Paul II. You need 3 hours!” This production takes up the challenge to unpack the roots of his wisdom, his philosophical journey, his distinguished works, the foundations of his renowned Theology of the Body, and the center of his life and teaching. I Like to See the Sunrise leaves viewers with a greater understanding of this monumental saint and a desire to carry the torch he lit to build the civilization of love and truth. The film produced in cooperation with national Polish Television is meant to hit US screens on the occasion of John Paul II’s 100 year anniversary in May 2020.
If you're interested in bringing the JP2 Project to your university, parish, school or other organization, get started with an email! Have another idea and need some support? Don't hesitate to each out. It is prime time to share the richness of John Paul II's example and teachings, so needed in our world today.